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History of the WPGC 'Super Hit Surveys'
as 1957 and continuing through May 11th, 1974, each week the
printed Top Ten song lists from various radio stations
in the Metropolitan DC area, entitled "Area Disc Jockeys
Pick Top Ten Records". These lists included ten songs,
plus a "consensus of ratings". One Pick Hit
was also listed each week. WPGC was included as far back as
they were published on Sundays and appeared in the Teen
section which was a separate tabloid insert in the Star,
moved to Fridays on 04/07/61 then moved to Saturdays when the
Teen section moved to the new Weekender insert,
beginning on 04/04/64.
station had a primary DJ listed. For WPGC, these included Gene
Winters from 10/05/58 - 03/13/60, 'Gentleman
Jim' Granger from 03/20/60 - 06/05/60,
from 06/12/60 - 10/23/60,
Dean Griffith (Dean Anthony) from 10/30/60 - 11/21/64, Harv
Moore from 11/28/64 - 11/12/66 and then simply the "Good
Guys" from 11/19/66 on.
very special Good Guy salute to Jack Maier who tirelessly researched
all the WPGC weekly playlist surveys that were published in
Evening Star at the
Arlington County library,
an enormous collection that exceeds over 800 weekly lists!
in the the mid '60's WPGC would publish its annual Top 100
Hits of the Year. These were sponsored in some years but
not in others. Sponsors for mobile homes, furniture dealers
and motorcycle shops (and the lack of an obvious tie in with
local record stores) suggests not a lot of lead time was allotted
in selling these to coincide with the annual year end on-air
countdown of the year's biggest hits.
Magazine was a teenage tabloid newspaper published nationally
from 1966-69 (the Editor was none other than Robin Leach, later
of 'Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous'!). It offered
a center two page layout spread to a station in each market
in exchange for on air mentions. WPGC began distributing it
in March of 1967 in Hecht Company record departments, Burger
Chef restaurants, Giant Music Stores, Beyda's Petites and the
Stag Shops. The magazine made its money back by selling advertising
space elsewhere in the paper for pimple medications and other
products catering to the teen crowd.
photos of WPGC promotional appearances (such as the 'Hide
The Picnic' contest in September of 1967) were featured along
with music news and the like. It also included the full list of
WPGC's Top 40 tunes plus the Best Bet of the week.
The Top Ten songs appearing in the (Washington)
were the same ones published in Go
Magazine for the corresponding week, though GO
was originally six days behind the Star.
All Hit Music Surveys'
on 05/21/71, WPGC like many other stations around the country
at the time began distributing pocket sized surveys of its most
popular records played to record stores throughout Metro DC. Most
weeks featured a photo of one of the Air
Personalities on the front cover (for
those keeping track at home, Harv
Moore holds the record for most number of covers),
a list of hit singles and hit albums on the inside and an advertisement
for a record label promoting new releases on the back. Initially,
the lists included upwards of 40 songs but as time wore on and
playlists shrank, that number gradually diminished to 30 and by
the time of their demise in 1980 had fallen to only 25.
Music Survey Playlist Chronology
Sunday Star includes
WPGC's Top Ten song list as
part of 'Area Disc Jockeys Pick Top Ten Records' in
a separate tabloid insert for the
first time. The DJ listed was Gene
Sunday Star does
not publish WPGC's Top Ten song list as
part of 'Area Disc Jockeys Pick Top Ten Records'
due to a strike. The list resumes the following week
appears as the primary DJ for the last time and is replaced
the following week by 'Gentleman
WPGC playlist published on a Sunday by the (Washington)
Sunday Star as part of 'Area
Disc Jockeys Pick Top Ten Records'.
Disc Jockeys Pick Top Ten Records' lists
including WPGC's move to Fridays in the Teen section
of the (Washington)
Evening Star changes the layout of the weekly Top
Ten list. A new 'consensus of ratings' appears
in the far left column while the new hits at the bottom
are now 'Predicted Hits'.
Beatles debut in the WPGC Top Ten for the first
time at #10 with 'I Want To Hold Your Hand'. It hits
#1 one week later, stays there the following week and is
joined by 'She Loves You' at #2. Both songs remain
in the same spots the following week and are joined at #4
by 'Please Please Me'.
Beatles hold all five of the Top Five postions
with 'I Want To Hold Your Hand', 'She Loves You', 'Please
Please Me', 'All My Lovin'' and 'Till There Was You'
in spots #1 - #5. All five songs remain in the same slots
the following week and are joined by 'Twist And Shout'
at #9. Ironically, Elvis 'It Hurts Me' debuts at
WPGC playlist published on a Friday by the (Washington)
Evening Star as part of 'Area Disc Jockeys Pick
Top Ten Records'.
WPGC playlist published on a Saturday by the (Washington)
Evening Star as part of 'Area Disc Jockeys Pick
Top Ten Records' in the Teen portion of the new
The WPGC playlist was not published due to a recent printers
strike. Although there were papers published that weekend,
they were very abbreviated with only a few features.
the first time in 24 consecutive weeks, The
Beatles do not have a song in the WPGC Top
Ten. Ironically, the Rolling Stones make their first
chart appearance with 'Not Fade Away' at #7. Three
weeks later they hit #1 again with 'A Hard Day's Night'.
The following week it stays at #1 while the Boston Pops
hits #10 with their cover of 'I Want To Hold Your
the first time in an unbelievable 37
consecutive weeks, the Fab
Four do not have a song in the Top Ten at
any Washington area station (though in all certainty, many
songs from both the 'A Hard Day's Night' soundtrack
and the 'Something New' album still appeared in the
Top 40 on these stations). That anomaly would be
very short lived; the following week The
Beatles would again reemerge within
the Top Ten.
new music is released, another trifecta is reached by The
Beatles with 'I'll Be Back', 'I'm A Loser'
and 'Kansas City' hitting #1 - #3, in order. The
following week these songs remain in their exact positions.
year's end, The Beatles
have placed an unprecedented 21 different songs in the WPGC
Top Ten with 'I
Want To Hold Your Hand', 'She Loves You', ,'Please Please
Me', 'All My Lovin', 'Till There Was You', 'Twist And Shout',
'Can't Buy Me Love', 'Do You Want To Know A Secret', 'Love
Me Do', 'Roll Over Beethoven', 'P.S. I Love You', 'A Hard
Day's Night', 'Ask Me Why', 'And I Love Her', 'Matchbox',
'Things We Said Today', 'Anytime At All', 'I'll Be Back',
'I'm A Loser', 'Kansas City', and
'I Feel Fine'. All told, The
Beatles have at least one song in the WPGC Top
Ten for 41 weeks of the year!
Moore's name appears as the primary DJ for the last
time and is replaced the following week by simply 'The
WPGC playlist is not published due to a typesetters' strike
at the (Washington)
Evening Star, Post
& Daily News from 07/25/68 - 07/27/68.
Evening Star does
not publish WPGC's Top Ten song list as
part of 'Area Disc Jockeys Pick Top Ten Records'
due to a strike. The list resumes the following week however.
playlist distributed in retail stores. Inside consists of
40 singles, 10 Albums & 10 Most Requested Oldies.
photo of one DJ (Harv Moore) used on front cover for the
first time instead of mini photos of all the station DJs.
Inside now consists of 40 singles and 20 albums. 10 Most
Requested Oldies is dropped.
become slightly smaller. Inside, singles are now billed
as the 'WPGC All Hit Music Survey'. LPs list is changed
from 'WPGC Hit Albums' to 'WPGC Top 20 Albums'.
Good Guys publish the 'April Fools Forty' with
made up songs and artists., including 'A Cowboy's Work
Is Never Done' by 'Roger Staubach' and 'The Family
of Man' by 'Barry, Herbie & Manfred'.
Guys All Hit Music' on the front cover is changed to
'All Hit Music'.
Troll mascot and new logo
in red appears for the first
time. Heavier cardstock is now used. Playlist shrinks from
40 to 35 singles.
WPGC playlist published by the (Washington)
Evening Star as part of 'Area
Disc Jockeys Pick Top Ten Records' in the
Teen portion of the 'Weekender' section.
final appearance on the music survey front cover.
station positioner, 'All Hit Music' is replaced on
the front and back cover with 'Music Radio' (later
combined as one word).
singles playlist further shrinks from 35 to 30 songs.
the 'WPGC Top 20 Albums' list is retitled,
'Washington's Favorite Albums' (though the list remains
at 20 LPs).
Jack first appears on the front cover.
the singles list is now supplemented with 'Extras'
in limited play, often consisting of album cuts yet to be
released as singles.
music survey front cover with 'Columbus
in the Morning'. Inside, the
listing of singles changes from the 'WPGC All Hit Music
Survey' to simply, 'WPGC Music'.
ink disappears from the surveys in favor of less expensive
black print only.
guy, Jim Elliott appears
for the first time on the front cover.
front cover appearance by new overnighter, Kevin
Steele's final music survey front cover appearance.
Date on front cover appears in a smaller
font size for one week only in a printer's error.
#21 - #29 appear on the singles list without any chart numbers
along with 3 'Extras', album cuts in limited rotation.
King's first (and last) front cover appearance on the music
survey. Artwork on back cover for Black Sabbath's, 'Sabotage'
appears for the last time on the front cover of the playlist.
Troll mascot disappears. 'Musicradio'
is now one word. The station's frequencies are
no longer listed as '95.5 FM Stereo' and '1580
AM' but appear as '1580 AM' and 'Stereo 95'
while the mention of '50,000 watts' for the FM and
'10,000 watts' for the AM are dropped from the surveys
altogether. Inside, the listing of albums
is changed from 'Washington's Favorite Albums' to
'Washington's Hottest Albums' (though the number
of LPs remains constant at 20) while the listing of singles
is altered from 'WPGC Music' to the 'WPGC Music
Radio (2 words) Survey'. Also
new is the terminology of 'For The Metro Washington Area'
to 'For Metro Washington'. Additionally, the drop
shadow used beneath the W-P-G-C letters changes from grey
week later, 'Musicradio' appears as one word on the
inside list of singles as it appears in all other instances
of the word throughout.
Trane's name appears on the front cover of the music survey
for the first (& last time).
James appears on the cover for the last time.
Kelly appears on the front cover for the first time.
the listing of albums reverts to 'Washington's Favorite
Albums' from 'Washington's Hottest Albums' (though
the number of LPs listed is still 20) while the listing
of singles remains as the 'WPGC Musicradio Survey'.
playlist front cover appearance by Dave
after his death, Elvis Presley appears on the front cover.
disappears from front cover & inside (but remains
in the 'Small Print Department' disclaimer). Cover
photo is now surrounded by stars. 'Stereo 95' &
'AM 1580' appear on the inside as the listing of
singles is also changed from the 'WPGC Musicradio Survey'
to the 'WPGC Hit Survey'.
image artist (Barbra Streisand) appears on the front cover
for the first time instead of a DJ photo or station contest.
often consisting of album cuts not yet released as singles
are renamed as 'Hitbounds'.
returns for one week in the battle with Q107
over use of the term.
smaller WPGC Music Survey Weekly Playlist debuts. Logo
now has an oval around it with 'FM 95' and 'AM
1580' added. The lists are now printed on a white background
with a monochrome color that changes each week instead of
black print on background paper of various colors and usually
features an image artist, WPGC Air
Personality or Contest
on the front cover. Inside, the list of singles shrinks
again from 30 to 25 songs as the 'More Music' battle
with Q107 heats up while
the 'WPGC Hit Survey' is now called, 'Washington's
Favorite Singles'. The station positioner, 'Musicradio',
in use on the air from 1972-79 and on the WPGC Music Survey
Weekly Playlist from 1975-79 remains in the 'Small Print
Department' disclaimer despite the legal battle with
Q107 over its use.
WPGC Music Survey Weekly Playlists are printed on heavier
weight, textured paper for the first time. Inside, 'Hitbounds',
often consisting of albums cuts not yet released as singles,
revert to the previously used, 'Extras' nomenclature.
revert again to the previously used, 'Hitbounds'.
Music Survey Playlist Anomalies
- Friday, 05/21/71 date used instead of Saturday, 05/22/71.
- Sunday, 11/28/71 date used instead of Saturday, 11/27/71.
- Sunday, 03/26/72 date used instead of Saturday, 03/25/72.
- Friday, 10/18/74 date used instead of Saturday, 10/19/74.
- Friday, 10/25/74 date used instead of Saturday, 10/26/74.
- Sunday, 08/17/75 date used instead of Saturday, 08/16/75.
- 11/18/75 date used instead of the actual date of 10/18/75.
- Sunday, 11/23/75 date used instead of Saturday, 11/22/75.
- Sunday, 11/30/75 date used instead of Saturday, 11/29/75.
- Sunday, 08/07/77 date used instead of Saturday, 08/06/77.
- 11/29/81 date used instead of the actual date of 11/29/80.
on any of the years below to see music survey playlists for the
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